From the Archive: Sketch Book Reviews: Girlhood by Melissa Febos


This essay was first published in The Rumpus on May 4, 2021.

Girlhood, written by Melissa Febos and released on March 30, 2021 from Bloomsbury, is a gripping set of essays about the forces that shape young girls and the adults they become. Throughout the collection, Febos examines the narratives women are told about what it means to be female—and what it takes to free oneself from these narratives.


Kateri Kramer is a writer, illustrator, and book designer from Colorado. She has an MFA in creative writing from the Mile High MFA at Regis University. Her writing has been published in Axon Creative Explorations, Barren Magazine, and 5x5, among others. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the Rocky Mountains, fly fishing, rock climbing, ceramics, and art. Her art and writing can be found at or on Instagram at @OscarWildeKat. More from this author →